• Kimi Raikkonen and Ken Block go head-to-head in rally showdown

Kimi Raikkonen and Ken Block may be rookies in the world of the WRC, but they certainly brought their reputations as two of the best race car drivers in the world when they made the jump to the World Rally Championship.

Block, a former Rally America Rookie of the Year and Raikkonen, a former Formula One champion, took part in a Super Special Stage during the kick-off event leading up to the 2010 WRC Rally Portugal. As part of the event, both Block and Raikkonen competed against each other on-board Block’s Ford Fiesta and Raikkonen’s Citroen C4.

While it was nothing more than an exhibition for the fans, the race had some ramifications for both Block and Raikkonen after the two agreed to a 100 euro bet. Needless to say, that was all it took for both drivers to push their rally chariots to the limit and, after a race that featured a steady diet of lead changes, it all came down to an exciting photo finish with both drivers posting the same exact time of 2:11.00!

Check out the video after the jump for the dramatic race.

Source: Monster World Rally

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  (401) posted on 02.27.2011

A smart move by Ford in its quest to get lots of attention for the 2011 Ford Fiesta and 2012 Ford Focus.

  (542) posted on 06.7.2010

Raikkonen is listed above Block in the Stage results so I would think Raikkonen was faster, the are both listed with a time of 2:11 though. Go to WRC.com

  (460) posted on 06.6.2010

I guess if the rally is tie-up they’re going to have another round of race... but that was an impressive driving of the former Dirt Biker and F1 racer..

  (1022) posted on 06.4.2010

Sadly there isn’t enough interest for this, we care more about demolition derby or 1000hp monster trucks running over cars.

  (331) posted on 06.3.2010

Wow! It really amazes me and they replaced the body of the entire thing in carbon fiber then cut away most of the floor and threw out support structures in addition to stripping the entire interior and putting in an Aluminator.

  (309) posted on 06.3.2010

Haha the camera man is very bias to ken block. He only capture the moments of ken block than kimi.

  (534) posted on 06.2.2010

Nice movie. I keep watching it over and over again. Impressive performance by Ken and Kimmi.

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